This Article examines Chinese mortgage law as it actually operates in the field, focusing on both legal and business issues. During the summer of 2005, I interviewed dozens of Chinese and Western lawyers, bankers, real estate developers, government officials, judges, economists, real estate consultants, law professors, business professors, real estate agents, law students, and recent homebuyers. Their comments offer reliable insights into how China's real estate markets truly function. The discussion that follows draws on these conversations to examine China's budding mortgage law practices, including how they developed, how they comport with or differ from written laws, and what questions they leave unanswered.

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